As you know, malware is very harmful to your site, its impact on your website is not small or a single one. Malware can affect your website with various negative impacts, which, should be detected within time otherwise the process for removing malware from the website can get more complex, which can also cost you a big amount. To get rid of malware issues on your website you should know how to remove malware from website.
Cleaning a hacked WordPress site with malware is never easy. You will have to go through a long process if you want to remove malware from your website. Unless you are a professional, you cannot make this long process short. Therefore it is better to hire a professional when it comes to the maintenance and security of your website.
But if you are among the website owners who regularly keep their eyes on the website’s security then it might be possible that you can detect the issues created by the malware. In this blog by Kreo Web, you will get to know how to check website malware and remove malware from website.
How to Check Website Malware?
Before removing malware from website you should know which pages on your website are malware affected. To check malware and get the data of web pages attacked by malware you can do the following
Scan Your Website
By scanning your website you can get the data of errors you need to fix. To scan malware in your website you can use online website scanning tools like Sitecheck.sucuri which gives you a list of errors harming your website.
Suspecting the Sight of Attack
After scanning your website you should check which pages on your website are affected by malware. You can detect malware in web pages by finding irrelevant HTML or JS elements in the back-end of the web page.
How to Remove Malware from Website?
1. Backup Your Files
Once you upload your website, you should always maintain a backup of your files to prevent them from the harmful effects of malware. You can back up your website by logging into your website’s Control panel. Inside the Cpanel, you have to generate backup by clicking the backup button.
2. Delete the Malware Suspected Files & Database from Server
Once you get to know about the files which are affected by malware, the only thing you need to do is, delete all those files from the server, only after maintaining the backup of those files.
3. Delete & Reinstall WordPress
In the third step, you will have to delete WordPress integrated to your website and then reinstall it in the public_html directory by using the one-click installer in your web hosting control panel. You can perform this task if this was the original location where WordPress was installed. Otherwise, you have to reinstall WordPress in sub-directory if it was installed in an add-on domain.
4. Upload Back-up Database & Files in Server
After reinstalling WordPress, it’s time to upload a backup database and files in the server. Also, remember that the database and files you are going to upload should be virus-free. That’s why you should perform a full scan of these folders in your computer antivirus.
5. Reinstall Themes & Plugins
Once you are done with all the above-mentioned steps it’s time to reinstall the necessary plugins and themes for your website from WordPress plugin directory. While installing themes and plugins you should always choose premium themes and plugins that have high installation. Do not install old themes and plugins.
6. Install Security Plugins
The sixth and most important step is to install security plugins in WordPress. What this will do is, it will prevent any future malware attack on your website. To prevent your WordPress website from malware, you can install plugins like All in One WP Security and Wordfence Security.
7. Reset WordPress Username and Password
The final step you need to perform is to change the old username and password of WordPress. While setting up a new username and password you should keep them difficult and hard to break. Avoid using a simple username like ‘admin’, ‘admin123’, etc.